Preserving a tarantula

crash769

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Dose any one know how I would go about preserving a tarantula and what stuff would I need to get? I am thinking I want to do something like a clear paper weight type deal but I don’t know what the clear stuff is. Is there anything I need to do to the body? ( BTW my mature male rosie died . It was his time and he had a great life. I would just like to keep him forever.)
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Iktomi

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There is an article on how to do it in one of the recent ATS journals...I'll try to find it. It's a pretty involved process, I think.
 

crash769

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I went out and got the stuff to preservea tarantula. I started working on the project tonite. I will keep everyone posted on how it goes and I will post pics of the final project. :-] This is a lot of fun and Im really hoping it turns out well.
 

SpiderFood

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I dont know if this will help but my wife makes home made glycerin soap and although its not a t I do have a clear bar of soap with a P. emperator (emperor scorp) inside. It was about 7 inches long when it died so we "preserved" her. It sits ontop of my TV in the living room now.

dale
 

Iktomi

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Do you just melt it? And how clear is it?
 

crash769

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I got mold muilder liquid latex rubber and painted it on the inside of a pot. I did that 4 times to make a thick rubber mold for it. Then I took pout-on high closs finish and poured on about a 1/4 in layer on to the bottom of my pan with the mold. I didn't put the T in yet because it says to do it in layers becasue it get very hot if it's thick. It comes as a liquid in two bottles and you have to mix them in a 50:50 ratio. The extra that was in the cup is very hard now and its about 1 inch thick and very clear but the stuff in the mold is still very tacky. I am not sure why it hasn't set up hard yet but im thinking about mixing up another batch. It says it should set in 3 hours and it has been about 4 now.
 

SpiderFood

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It depends on the company she gets it from. When she got the batch we used for the scorp it was pretty clear. Since she has gotten a couple of batches that had a slight yellow tint. I dont know about your area Wal Mart but ours has small soap kits that have like a 2lb brick of glycerin soap. Maybe you could check that out. If you wanna try email me and I will get the "procedure" from my wife for you.

dalepayne@bellsouth.net

dale
 

caligulathegod

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A scorpion in the soap might actually keep me from using the "guest soap", which I'm not supposed to use.
 

crash769

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I finished preserving the T. Here are some pics. The only problem was that I got some air bubbles stuck in it becasue I let it set overnite and it got hard before I could pop them. I think it turned out very well. My T even kept most of the color. He is just a little darker but other then that he looks good.
 

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arachnopunks

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Not a bad job for a first go at it, nice work. Working with liquid acylics, fiberglass resins, and the like are a pain in the butt to say the least.
 

Immortal_sin

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good first try! Last year at the ATS conference Rhys Brigida held a workshop on doing this very thing. His first efforts gave trial and error results, but he's now got the procedure down. I guess once you figure it out, it really is easy, and it looks great!
 

SkyeSpider

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Did you have to cut open the abdomen on your male, or did you just leave him as-is? It looks VERY good and I should be trying this myself soon.

-Bryan
 

The_Phantom

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WOW! That looks excellent. Sorry about your little pet though. :( Poor fella. At least he had a good life with you. :)
 

crash769

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I thought about cutting open the abdomen but he is so small so I just left him as is.
 
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